Nicolette A. Louissaint, Ph.D. serves Healthcare Ready as the Director of Programming. In this role she leads all projects and congressional outreach on healthcare preparedness throughout the United States. Prior to this position, Nicolette served as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. As the lead officer for health intellectual property and trade issues, she advised the State Department’s leadership on issues related to public health, technology transfer and biotechnology. She also worked on policies related to pharmaceutical counterfeiting, pharmaceutical trade, supply chain, climate change and other science and technology development issues.
During the height of the Ebola Epidemic of 2014, Nicolette served as the Senior Advisor to Ambassador Nancy J. Powell and Ambassador Steven A. Browning, the State Department’s Special Coordinators for Ebola. In this role, she was responsible for coordinating international efforts as the U.S. Department of State’s Ebola Coordination Unit jumpstarted the diplomatic response to the epidemic. She contributed to efforts to raise more than $1 billion in donations to the United Nations Multi-Partner Trust Fund from stakeholders around the world towards the response. Nicolette holds Bachelors of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University. She earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, specializing in HIV Clinical Pharmacology from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Johns Hopkins University and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.